The ‘Happy Days’ actor doesn’t think his daughter will get him out of nepotism. “Until I’m right for something, absolutely right, it’s not happening,” he said.
Before he won an Oscar for “A Beautiful Mind” and directed classic films like “Apollo 13” and “Cocoon,” Ron Howard was one of America’s most popular screen actors. Starting his career as a child star on “The Andy Griffith Show,” he became a household name in the 1970s for his roles on “Happy Days” and “American Graffiti.”
But over the years he’s spent his time primarily working behind the camera (save for his memorable stint as narrator on “Arrested Development”). And in a new interview with Variety, Howard revealed that he would only return to acting if his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard was directing him.
“It’ll probably be Bryce,” said Howard. “It would probably be Bryce directing something and saying, ‘Dad, I really need you to come in and do this,’ or ‘You have to.’ Any one of them would probably get me in the makeup chair and in front of the camera.
That said, don’t expect Howard to cast his daughter any time soon. After watching him demonstrate his directing skills on shows like “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett,” Howard knows he’s not the kind of nepotistic filmmaker.
“She’s very smart and meticulous,” he said. “So unless I’m perfect for something, absolutely perfect, it’s not happening.”
Howard doesn’t seem too worried about it, though, as he has a thriving directing career to keep himself busy. He recently appeared at IndieWire’s Views This FYC Brunch to discuss the careful planning to recreate the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue in his latest film, “Thirteen Lives.”
Howard said, “My whole interest in this was to understand on a personal, nuanced level what it was like to be there.” “Using a lot of these POV shots and you had to connect. So different scenes will be linked to different characters, and it will be a different kind of test and a challenge. And of course the cave was shaking, and the water needed to become a vessel. From a visually and sound design perspective, it was important to keep the two separate. ,
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